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Puns (Language Library) Hardcover – 25 Oct 1984

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  • Hardcover: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (25 Oct 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631137939
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631137931
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,064,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Simon Barrett 'Il Penseroso' on 3 Jan 2013
Format: Paperback
Except insofar as all words are petrified poetry (Muller, reprising Emerson) puns are on the dull side, something of which this excruciatingly dense and allusive performance could hardly be accused; dispiriting, possibly. ('Let me slip this one in, as the actor said to the bishop'? Purleeze!) If it's laboured, so, I suppose, so are puns - but even for an academic work it is uncommonly pleased with itself and defiantly, blaringly unfunny, unless you find funny a sentence like 'Franklin holds homonyms to be 'inherently humorous'. I suppose one might. When Redfern essays wit himself, it gets worse: as the lisping guru said, 'There are many words. Take the pith of them' is probably the nadir. Chico Marx on p15 sets the bar at ho-hum level, and the general tone is what one might charitably call schoolmasterly: 'the pun, like a contraceptive, is a labour-saving device' or the hoary (and meaningless) elephants-in-the-Mini gag, note 31 p238. Worst of all, by losing sight of what a pun actually IS (a play on a word's sound, as any fule kno) and conflating it with mere joke, as in the quite funny mock-headline Incest more common than thought in British Isles on the back cover, the learned professor threatens to disappear up his own erudition. Bottom line (no pun intended) this is the kind of book that inspires one to seek out other books - Patrick Hughes' More on Oxymoron, Noah Jonathan Jacobs' Naming-Day in Eden, Max Muller's Biographies of Words.. or indeed absolutely any book at all!!
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